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When buying / adding additional handguns do you make any attempts to stay with one caliber or limit them to not have to stock several different ones?
 

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Well, I dont think you CAN have just one caliber. For primary carry guns I go with 9mm. However, I often pocket carry, and for that I use a 380. Then there is the whole thing of using .22s to practice with instead of your go ammo.
 

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I try to have a diverse selection, but not go overboard. I've been very tempted to get a 40, but one thing holding me back is buying a new caliber when I already have 9mm, 45 and 357/38 to worry about.

That said, having my current calibers gives me some peace of mind, knowing that most handgun ammo I can find, I can shoot through something. And they each have their own benefits.
 
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I try to limit to calibers which I already own.

Currently:

.22
.380
9mm
.45
.38
.357

As much as I like new guns I won't be purchasing any in .40, .357 SIG, 45GAP, etc...
 
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I try to manage it carefully, avoiding "odd" calibers. Started with 22 LR, 12 GA, 9 mm, added 45 ACP, then 44 Mag, then 7.62 and now 30-30 and 5.56..................I'd drop the 44 Mag though..........Too many makes my head hurt :rant:

And I forgot 410 Ga and 38...........

Initially I stuck with 22 LR and 9 mm. A case of 1,000 9's was $99.80 at Academy in Plano back when............. :puke:
 

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I thought that by now you would have made a decision:)
 

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I try to limit calibers and keep all my serious use guns from the same "family." 9mm Glocks for me. I only have one manual of arms to train with, one caliber to buy, lots of spare parts can work in all, and mags can be used between pistols.

I am not opposed to having additional choices though.

I do have a 1911 in .45 ACP so I have another caliber to choose from in case I can find .45 and no 9mm (which has been the case around here lately). I would like to purchase a Glock 23 (.40) and a Glock 30S (.45) in the future so I have concealable Glock platform pistols in alternate duty calibers. They wouldn't be shot much as my primary carry pieces would still be the 9mm's but they would be there if I needed them.
 

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I haven't done this but just saying if your favorite caliber was the 40 S&W round you could buy the following in that choice: Full size semi, compact semi, subcompact, Charter Arms 40 S&W Revolver and a Bond Arms Derringer all chambered for the 40.
 

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I haven't done this but just saying if your favorite caliber was the 40 S&W round you could buy the following in that choice: Full size semi, compact semi, subcompact, Charter Arms 40 S&W Revolver and a Bond Arms Derringer all chambered for the 40.
Wonderful idea..... Mrs. Stove, what he said.
 
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I have consolidated down to nine calibers of handguns from twelve calibers since the first of the year. I sold all of my handguns and ammo in .380 AP, 9mm, and 460 S&W magnum. I am down to six calibers of rifles. I sold my rifles and ammo in .458 Lott and .45/70 government.
 
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I haven't done this but just saying if your favorite caliber was the 40 S&W round you could buy the following in that choice: Full size semi, compact semi, subcompact, Charter Arms 40 S&W Revolver and a Bond Arms Derringer all chambered for the 40.
I just remember the last post you had on this topic, and was wondering if you were still debating this.
I have a memory like an elephant.

But to answer your question, if I were to simplify my collection, I would do it in a way that covered all of my needs.

A 22 rifle is the foundation of this for me.
2nd would be a 12 gauge shotgun.
3rd would be a Ruger BH Convertible chambered for 357/38 with a 9mm cylinder

And 4th would be a dedicated CC gun.
 

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I have many & need more!
2-9mms
2-.357sigs
2-.357mags
2-.40cal
1-45acp
1-12ga
2-.410
1-.223
1-300wsm
1-340wby
2-22s
 

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I've always understood a diverse portfolio reduces risk. I've taken that advice to heart. While my 401K has been in the toilet, my hand gun collection caliber wise has grown steadily. Not that I'm complaining....
 

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I've decided to pass on a .40 caliber at a great price because I don't feel like adding it to the .22, 9mm Mak, 9mm Para, and .45 ACP I have now. I'll probably regret it later.
 

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I just remember the last post you had on this topic, and was wondering if you were still debating this.
I have a memory like an elephant.

But to answer your question, if I were to simplify my collection, I would do it in a way that covered all of my needs.

A 22 rifle is the foundation of this for me.
2nd would be a 12 gauge shotgun.
3rd would be a Ruger BH Convertible chambered for 357/38 with a 9mm cylinder

And 4th would be a dedicated CC gun.
Just curious for opinions but for now I've decided to keep my 45acp semi & recently purchased Bond Arms 45acp and order a S&W 686 Plus 357 mag revolver. Decided to not only have 45 for everything but to keep it down to only two or three different ones.
 

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I have .40 and .45. No 9mm's only because they are still hard to get and expensive compared to the .40 and .45. Bought 100 rounds of .40 today for $36 out the door. Most places are still selling 9mm at $25 per 50. And that is if you can find some.
 

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It's always good to have options.

During our most recent ammo-hoard, I found .38 spl to still be accessible, and reminded myself of what an excellent and capable round it is.

I'm still shocked that .22LR turned out to be the most hoarded caliber, but my lesson had been learned; It's always good to have options.
 

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A mix of calibers is a fine idea. Most of the guns I own were inherited and I live by my dads rules that he will never sell one of his guns, giving to family is one thing but selling is something he won't do. So I am stuck with a giant mixture of calibers and it isn't too bad, I know that if shtf I can always have something loaded ;)

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When buying / adding additional handguns do you make any attempts to stay with one caliber or limit them to not have to stock several different ones?
I like different calibers and different makes of firearms for my own pleasure.
 
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